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Police provide new details on clerk kidnapping suspects; mother speaks about daughter's ordeal

Left: Destiny Simmons, Right: Najier Ferrell. (Source: Newark Police Department) Left: Destiny Simmons, Right: Najier Ferrell. (Source: Newark Police Department)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Police in Newark, Delaware have released more information about how the two people arrested and accused of kidnapping a store clerk near Surfside Beach earlier this month were found up north.

The clerk’s mother spoke to WMBF News Monday and said the last week was "pretty rough."

We’ve been dealing with a wide range of emotion on the whole family’s part, not just my daughter, but the whole family," the mother said. "I think she’s handled it amazingly well, but it’s been a tough week, very tough week.”

She said the family had been very worried while the two people were still on the loose.

“Really nervous, constantly looking over shoulders," she said. "Not knowing where they were, not wanting them to harm anybody else, not wanting anybody else to go through what she’s been, what we’ve been through as a family.”

Detectives in Delaware arrested 18-year-old Nazjier Ferrell, of New Castle, Delaware, and 18-year-old Destiny Kristyle Simmons, of Surfside Beach, last week.

“There was a little bit of a sigh of relief," the victim's mother said.

A spokesperson for the Horry County Police Department said both suspects were located in New Castle, Delaware.

On May 10, the Newark Police Department in Delaware was contacted by Horry County police regarding the kidnapping investigation, according to Lt. Fred Nelson with the Newark Police Department. 

The Horry County Police Department had received information that the victim’s stolen vehicle was seen in Newark.

Newark officers began investigating, and were able to link the stolen vehicle to Simmons, Nelson said. A search warrant was conducted at a place where Simmons was staying with Ferrell on May 12 in New Castle, Delaware, and Simmons was arrested on a fugitive warrant from South Carolina.

The stolen vehicle was recovered during the search warrant. Ferrell was linked to the stolen vehicle through additional investigation and arrested for receiving stolen property.

"To believe they’re both 18, they basically just threw their lives away," the clerk's mother said.

She said she wants to make sure they serve for what they did.

“They’re going to have to live with this for the rest of their lives, being locked up, which is going to be nothing of what my daughter has to live with every day for the rest of her life," she said.

According to Horry County Police Department spokeswoman Krystal Dotson, officers responded to the Scotchman at 1272 Dick Pond Road in the Surfside Beach area around 4:30 a.m. on May 7.

A masked gunman took the 28-year-old store clerk by force, did not take any money or items from the store, and the two left in her car, a silver 2002 Mercury Sable. 

The clerk, who has asked to remain anonymous, recalled exclusively to WMBF News her hours-long ordeal.

She said she was forced at gunpoint to drive the car to an empty parking lot in Surfside Beach, where she was then forced into the trunk at gunpoint.

The clerk escaped hours later by pulling an emergency release latch in the trunk and ran into a gas station in Columbus County, North Carolina.

"I wasn’t leaving my kid. I was not letting my child grow up without a mom," the clerk said. "I absolutely refused to do that to her. That was my driving force through that entire thing was her."

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